Lake District unveiled as a World Heritage Site

The Lake District has become a World Heritage Site joining iconic locations as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as an internationally acclaimed place.

The announcement in Krakow has led to jubilation among 25 organisations in the Lake District National Park Partnership, including Cumbria Tourism, which had put the bid together for UNESCO recognition in the cultural landscape category.

Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, described the prestigious status as momentous and bringing great benefits for locals, visitors, tourism, business and farming. It now joins just over 1,000 global World Heritage locations.

Three key themes underpinned the bid for this status, or inscription, recognising the Lake District National Park as a cultural landscape of international significance. World ranking examples of identity – the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration – art, literature and love of the place; sparked the birth of conservation – people fought and invested to look after this special corner of England.

Chairman of Cumbria Tourism, Eric Robson, says: “World Heritage status means that the Lake District becomes one of just over a thousand exclusive sites with this special stamp of recognition. Being a member of this exclusive club is a fantastic opportunity to communicate with new visitor markets across the globe and to raise awareness of the Lake District’s cultural and environmental assets.

Of course, Cumbria already has a large part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, so this additional boost can only re-inforce the county’s already strong reputation as a world class visitor destination.”

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